“The changes weren’t limited to my language. I sought to erase all vestiges of my southern roots, repudiating country music, denouncing hicks. I was too polite, too reserved, for south Florida, but nobody could say exactly why I was different except that I “talked too slow” and was “too fucking nice.”

It was only after moving here that I started to let the Texanness out, to use the phrases I’d always had in my mind but had learned not to say. I think I started to do it in defiance of all those people at parties who looked me up and down and said, “but you don’t sound southern. You don’t seem southern.”

Portraying the South : Maud Newton

Love me so much Maud Newton. (Via this, also good)